Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Valentine’s Day Special, By Emma G.

Valentine’s Day Special 

By Emma G.

“Give thanks to the God of Heaven. His love endures forever”
PSALM 136:26
The year is 279AD, you’re in Rome and you’ve just met the love of your life. The sun is shining, the birds are tweeting and you’re skipping along until you stop, dead in your tacks. You’ve just remembered, marriage has been banned-all single men are being packed off to the army, now what?
There was one priest called Valentine. He loved God and knew that marriage was from God; he’d been secretly
marrying couples anyway. On February 14th he was caught and executed- leaving a love note for the jailer’s daughter before he died. Since then, lovers have been exchanging notes, cards and gifts on this day and so it has become known as Valentine’s Day. So how about you? Did the postman pull a muscle trying to squeeze your vast mountains of cards through the letterbox, or was it as expected, no secret admirers and the one person you thought might spend $1 on a card forgot or ‘thought you weren’t bothered about that sort of thing!’

Before you get too depressed or excited, remember one thing- God loves you and reckons you’re amazing! ‘Huh, little consolation’ you’re thinking? Well Jesus did more than send you a poxy WHSmith card with a cheesy rhyme. How’s this for a Valentine message? ‘I love you so much that I will give my life so that if you believe in me then you won’t die but live forever’. Now that’s true love- “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, Jesus Christ, so that whoever believes in Him may not be lost, but have eternal life!” (John 3:16). God loves you so much that He actually let His Son Jesus give up His life for you! And now, you’re free to spend all of eternity with him.
Try to spend some time today thinking about Jesus’ passion for you, the ultimate act of love. Remember, there is no greater love than that- you can’t possibly be more loved by anyone. God IS love, true love comes from Him and through Him and by Him. On this day, when love is celebrated; remember to tell Him how much you love Him too!


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